Meet Willie Jones, a rising star from Louisiana with his own unique, genre-bending musical stylings that’s sure to be unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. The 23 year old has seen great successes throughout his already promising career like being mentored by Demi Lovato on the 2012 X-Factor US series as he wowed viewers across the states. We were lucky enough to chat with the talented man himself about his musical inspirations, creative process, and what’s up next for him!
BTS: Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Willie Jones: My name is Willie Jones and I’m from Shreveport Louisiana. I grew up listening to gospel, R&B, and Hip Hop and then at 14 I got introduced to country music and knew this was going to be my lane.
BTS: How did you get started with making music?
Willie Jones: I have always been in the arts doing musical theater and singing at church.
BTS: For those reading that may not be too familiar with your music what track would you recommend they listen to and how would you describe your music?
Willie Jones: I’d say listen to all of it. If you like relationship songs, I got em. You want to dance, I got you. If you want to cry in your beer, I got them too. My music is different in that I haven’t tried to fit in a genre, I’ve been doing me, Willie Jones. I get inspired by my life, movies, friends, stuff that happens to me on a daily, and then I go in and write about it. Plus, I free style when I write so it just comes out, unfiltered.
BTS: Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?
Willie Jones: Ironically, two of my biggest influences are Kanye and Taylor Swift. True story.
BTS: You’re currently on tour supporting Logan Mize across America, is there any shows on the tour you’re most looking forward to performing and what was it like to hear you’d be joining the tour?
Willie Jones: Logan is real cool and down to earth. We got a song together called “Ain’t Gonna Grow Up” and Im just looking forward to jamming with him wherever we’re at.
BTS: What is your usual songwriting and recording process?
Willie Jones: In Nashville, it’s more structured … in at 11am out by 4pm. Then everyone goes home to their families which is really cool as my family is the closest thing to me even though I don’t see them as much as I used to. In Los Angeles, sessions start whenever and go til late or real early in the AM. It’s more of a party in LA than in Nashville. When I get inspired by the music, I free style melodies and lyrics until we get something that sticks and then we just keep going down that road.
BTS: What is something our readers should know about you?
Willie Jones: I’m not judgmental and I want everyone to feel comfortable being themselves around me.
BTS: “Bachelorettes on Broadway” is a really good upbeat feel good song, can you talk us through the writing process for the song and the music video inspiration?
Willie Jones: We were out partying in Nashville with some friends and we saw dozens of bachelorette parties going crazy on the street where all the main honkey tonk bars are, a street called Broadway. Unless you’ve seen it for yourselves, you won’t believe it. I had a session the next day and the producer asked what are we are going to write about today. He played the start of this uptempo track and I knew I wanted to write about what I witnessed the night before. If you’ve seen my video for “Bachelorettes…” it does it justice but it’s even crazier than that. We could have done an R Rated version.
BTS: Thinking forward, what’s next for your career in both 2020 and where do you hope to be in the next 5 years
Willie Jones: 2020 is going to see my first album drop!!! Yes! Plenty more shows and festivals. Seeing different countries, experiencing some ups and downs and hopefully inspiring some people to take chances when others tell them to give it up.
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Interview by Lewis Roberts